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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Princeton University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Effort 3-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 11 weeks long

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To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level. We’ll address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as:

How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold?

After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects.

Course Lecturers:
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University

Taught by

Arvind Narayanan

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Reviews for Coursera's Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
4.5 Based on 15 reviews

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Yudhanjaya W
4.0 2 years ago
by Yudhanjaya completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Thorough in content and very well structured, this course takes you from the basics of cryptography to a sweeping overview of how Bitcoin and cyptocurrencies work, their ecosystems, impact, political effects, ramifications, potential and more.

I personally found it an excellent balance of theory and code. Only once did I need to do any research outside the course itself to fully understand something - and that was for merkel trees. While some of the lecturers do not look like they're used to presenting in front of a camera, their content is nevertheless lucid and more.

Some level of CS knowledge is required. I found a basic idea of how P2P networks operate, a basic idea of encryption and some idea of GPU processing to be needed. Note that you do not get a Coursera certificate for this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course.

Cleanly separates the different pieces that go into making bitcoin, and explains each of them simply and clearly. Covers not only bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, but also the wider implications and applications of the blockchain to non-currency applications.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in bitcoin or the blockchain.
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Aliaksandr B
4.0 2 years ago
by Aliaksandr completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very interesting course explaining cryptocurrencies in different aspects. Highly recommended to anyone interested in bitcoins, cryptocurrencies or just normal currencies as well.

As mentioned in other comments, please, note you will not have any types of homework and will not get any statement of accomplishment.
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Omer M
5.0 2 months ago
by Omer partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was a very informative course , Will diffidently help as a first solid step into Cryptocurrency world.

However, they should state that this course required a programming background for submitting the assignments .

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